Lee Thornton, 22, from Blackpool, was fatally shot in
Basra, Iraq on September 7, 2006. Lee was in the 12th
Regiment Royal Artillery and was the 118th British
soldier to be killed in Iraq. Lee had written a last
letter to his fiancée, 21-year-old Helen O'Pray, in
case he did not return.
babe, I don't know why I am writing this, because I
really hope that this letter never gets to you,
because if it does that means I am dead. It also means
I never had time to show you just how much I really
did love you.
have shown me what love is and what it feels like to
be loved. Every time you kissed me and our lips
touched so softly, I could feel it. I got the same
magical feeling as our first kiss. I could feel it
when our hearts get so close they are beating as one.
are the beat of my heart, the soul in my body; you are
me, because without you I am nothing. I love you,
Helen, you are my girlfriend, my fiancée and my best
are the person I know I could turn to when I needed
help - you are the person I looked at when I needed to
smile and you are the person I went to when I needed a
hug. When I am away, it is like I have left my soul at
have shown me how to live and you have shown me how to
be truly happy. I want you to know that every time I
smile, you have put it there. You make me smile when
others can't, you make me feel warm when I am cold.
have shown me so much love and so much more. I want
you to know how much you mean to me. You are my whole
world and I love you with all my heart. You are my
night I spent away I had a photo of you on my
headboard. Each night I would go to bed, kiss my
fingers then touch your face.
put the photo over my bed so you could look over me as
I slept. Well, now it is my turn to look over you as
you sleep and keep you safe in your dreams. I will
always be looking over you to make sure you're safe.
I want to say something and I mean this more than I
ever did before. You were the love of my life, the
girl of my dreams. Just because I have passed away
does not mean I am not with you. I'll always be there
looking over you, keeping you safe.
whenever you feel lonely, just close your eyes and
I'll be there, right by your side.
always and for ever, Lee